Near the High Street is Britains oldest court house still in use.
The huge prison attached to the court house has a human treadmill, demonstrating how roughly they used to treat prisoners. It was, constructed in 1829, and housed men, women and children. Each had separate cells with running water, sound proofed isolation chambers and the whipping room. Visitors are allowed to handle the chains and fetters last worn by prisoners a century ago, and photograph the gibbet on their iPad.
The prison also recalls the last man to be hanged in Beaumaris. He is said to have cursed the town clock on the scaffold, it has never worked properly since!
Saturday 20 July 2013
Beaumaris is host to Walk the Walk, an event which will showcase all that’s good about walking on Anglesey for everyone from youngsters to pram-pushing families and older people.
The event is part of Anglesey County Council’s Ymweld â Môn project, which has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project aims to help develop tourism activities which will benefit the island’s economy in a sustainable way.
It’s designed to showcase the very best of Anglesey and inspire locals and visitors alike to explore the island and its many attractions. Whether a young family with small children in pushchairs, an enthusiastic, long-distance walker or simply out for a relaxing stroll, Anglesey has something to offer.
Its coastline, villages and history are there to be discovered, and Walk the Walk, which will take place adjacent to the town of Beaumaris, in the shadow of its historic castle, and right next to the Menai Straits with jaw-dropping views over Snowdonia, will give you all you need to whet your appetite. An Anglesey Showcase covered marquee will house local groups, societies and businesses, who will be on hand throughout the day to give information, advice and guidance on where to walk on the Island, where to stop off and eat, and how to make sure you have the best clothing and footwear.
To add to the incentive to visit Beaumaris, local performers will keep you entertained with song and dance, and a “Little People’s Corner” will make sure younger visitors are spellbound with storytellers, face painters and balloon modellers – and there’ll be an opportunity to experience how relaxing life on Anglesey can be by taking up a fun challenge to walk 100 metres – as slowly as you can!
Beaumaris Antique and Collectors' fair, held at the,on the Isle of Anglesey, on the third Sunday of every month, offers a wide variety of items including jewellery, vintage, advertising, pictures, ceramics, coins, medals, militaria, glass and other collectables.
Doors are open for the public from 9.30 till 4pm.
For information/ booking please contact Paul on 0151 3455279, 07516 277794
Saturday 23 March - Sunday 7 April 2013
Anglesey Arts Week, is the most wide-ranging arts event on the Island. Lots of events in Beaumaris
Last year there were 15,000 visitors. This year during the Open Studios and Galleries Weeks, 52 painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, installation artists and craftworkers open their studios to visitors. You may find anything from cards, prints and original works of art to buy; see anything from works in progress to exhibitions of contemporary art. Venues include studios, chapels, barns, sheds, galleries and artists’ homes. You have the chance to meet and talk with the artist, often over a cup of tea, and gain a unique glimpse of the artistic process. Don’t feel shy about visiting; all the artists are only opening their studios as they are keen to meet you. If you are stuck for transport or would like company to visit then consider taking advantage of our free guided bus tours.
The event is spread over the two full weeks of Easter with some artists opening all the time and others for only a few days.
For a copy of the Guide or if you have any questions contact: Heather at the Ucheldre Centre
Start at Beaumaris Leisure Centre where there is parking
The short tour is 13 miles and the long one is 17 miles which it takes aprox 2/3 and half hours. It is mostly easy cycling with the longest uphill section from Llanfaes to Llanddona, but this is not very steep. Pedal in the direction towards Penmon Priory and Blackpoint for spectacular scenery.
Finish at Beaumaris Leisure Centre.
Check out things going on at the Castle in August. Look at the CADW website, details given below.
When paying to go into the castle in August sometimes there will be activities with a Medieval theme with music, dance, jugglers and jesters.
Times: usually 11am - 4pm.
The carved stone coffin (Sarcophagus) of Princess Joan, (her father was King John of England), is found in the porch of the parish church of Beaumaris, The church of St. Mary and St. Nicholas.
Joan was born In 1191. In 1206 she married the Welsh Prince, Llywelyn the Great.. Lord of Snowdon. Following a troubled but happy married life Joan died in February 1237 and following her death Llywelyn founded a Friary near Llanfaes, Anglesey, where he had Joan buried.
In 1537 the Friary was destroyed. Her tomb was then moved to Beaumaris church, where it can still be seen.
St. Mary was one of the chief saints of medieval times, and St. Nicholas was the patron saint of sailors. In medieval times Beaumaris was one of the chief ports of Europe.
Inside the church is a tower where you will find the 18th century 'Watchman's Box' which was used for guarding the graves from body snatchers!!
Beaumaris Castle is one of the ring of castles that Edward I built to subdue the contentious Welsh. This was the last castle he built but did not finish it. It's located on the Menai Straight on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales and the castle is right at the end of the town. No castle hill, no long staircase to enter as with some and the views from the castle walls are breathtaking.
The design of the castle was state of the art for the late 13th century with symmetrical concentric walls within an outer ring and then a moat around that. Even though it's unfinished, the outer and inner walls are nearly complete and there are lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Some of the staircases are blocked off for safety but there are areas where you can climb up to the walls as long as you're careful. It is worth it for the views over the Strait and the countryside. There are taller and more imposing castles, but this one, with it's round turrets, is quite pretty, actually.
You approach it over a wooden bridge to the main entrance. You can walk about between the outer wall and inner compound and then go into the grass covered inner ward, with it's impressive south gate which was meant to be another storey higher but is something to look at as it is. There's also an exhibit on the building of the castle and Edward I's efforts to conquer the Welsh in one of the "cubbyholes" which is very interesting too. They have a little shop and visitor information centre where you get the tickets.
Near by there is a pay and display parking lot and there are public toilets next to the castle. The cost is quite reasonable, under £4 per adult. That's refreshing considering how much some castles charge for entry. The town of Beaumaris is lovely, too and worth browsing the shops or having a meal in one of the old pubs. We saw it under sunny skies and had a lovely visit.
Just around the corner from the Castle, at the back of the Old Couthouse is a lovely old cottage with a traditional cottage garden which has been maitained by local volunteers 'for the enjoyment of residents and the many visitors' it is sponsored by Cooks & Caterers cook shop.
Private museum of toys and childhood magic
open Easter to November, including sundays from noon
art gallery & shop with gifts
Winner of British Tourist Authority and National Heritage Museum of the Year Awards
About 2000 items over 9 rooms, each room having a different childhood theme.
The George and Dragon public house is situated on Church Street, just off the main street of Beaumaris. It dates back to 1410. It has some great existing features on the inside together with lots of old pictures and plaques giving information about the history of the pub.
A great thing to do while visiting Beaumaris is take to the seas. From the Pier you can take a boat down the Menai Straits and around Puffin Island where you can see a fantastic variety of seabirds and may even see a Grey Seal or two if you're lucky.
Criminals have stood in the dock of Beaumaris Courthouse since 1614 and today, this fascinating museum still sends a shiver down your spine when you realise how many were sentenced to death here. From robbers plundering ships to food rioters and murderers, this courthouse has seen them all. Take the opportunity to stand in the dock and face Anglesey law and order proclaiming that you’re ‘Not Guilty!’ whilst enjoying a thoroughly entertaining day out.
This delightful little cottage garden is situated just off the square opposite the Castle entrance. There is a sign in the garden saying that the garden is sponsored by one of the local businesses nearby.
Beaumaris has a fantastic moated Castle. Edward I started building work in 1284 in order to gain control over the Menai Straits. The building work stopped between 1300 - 1306 during the war with Scotland and then continued until 1330, but the task was never completed. The castle remains as we see them today have impressive symmetrical walls and towers. The octagonal curtain wall is pierced by two gates, deliberately placed out of line to frustrate attackers. Next to the South Gateway are the remains of the sea gate and the dock, which allowed the provisioning of the Castle directly from the sea. Don't miss the fine stonework in the Chapel inside the eastern middle tower, look out for the five lancet windows and trefoil arcading below.